Stress is abundant in many workplaces, and it has played a huge role in the development or hindrance in companies worldwide. Whether it’s employee relations, company demands, or something else entirely, stress can take many forms. Unfortunately, the impacts of high, negative stress levels can filter throughout the workplace, impacting those beyond the immediate situation.
It’s a modern reality that stressful situations arise in the workplace, and stress has already been linked to a range of negative health outcomes.
Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System looked at the connection between chronic stress and amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), which is the most common type of MCI, the main feature of which is memory loss. The results were astonishing: For every 5 point increase in their Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) assessments (surveys designed to measure psychological stress), there was an average of 30% increase in risk for the participant to develop aMCI.
And it doesn’t end there! Other studies are showing the wide implications for stress on a person’s well-being. While some results are physiological, such as aMCI, others are less tangible. For instance, the breakdown of team performance has also been linked to high stress levels. This is thought to be a direct result of the restriction and narrowing of attentional focus which infiltrates the team environment. As stress increases, so does the restriction of focus and, thus, teamwork.
So what does this mean for your organisation? Leaders need to recognize the impacts that chronic stress can have on their employees and their company as a whole. While we can all conjure up a few ideas of what it takes to be a great leader, the fact of the matter is that, in this respect, the most effective leaders need stress management skills and strategies to effectively cope with the rise in stress levels among employees.
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